OUR mission statement

MADE ON THE LEFT was founded in 2008 by independent designers to support Western Australian creative talent. We hold bi-annual handmade craft markets to showcase local designers.

Being on the left hand side of Australia no longer

means you'll be at a disadvantage.

Our aim is to support all creative designers and events showcasing independent labels. MOTL is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation. You may wonder why we promote other markets besides MOTL; it’s because it’s not about us, its about you; the buyers and sellers of indie wares. Here at the blog, you’ll discover up to date information about our latest market, the low-down on some of Perth’s emerging talents, other opportunities for artists and designers and a little bit of fun stuff too. It’s all right here… welcome!

Friday, March 6

Homestead For Youth Community Fair & Twilight Movie event stallholders wanted

Homestead For Youth is a not-for-profit local organisation with a vision to advance the safe refuge and recovery of at risk youth. They are holding a fair and twilight movie charity fundraising event.
Stalls are $50 for the day or 10% of profits - whichever you choose. Contact them if you are interested in holding a market stall or food van on 0439950642.

When: Saturday 21st March, 10:30 - 4pm
Where: Kingsway Sporting Complex, Madeley

Thursday, March 5

Fresh Prints: A Celebration of Ink & Paper - Stallholder call out

Fresh Prints is a market fair for zines, independent publishing, artist books, comics and printed works. Northbridge Piazza invites all creatives and individuals who would like to hold a stall to be part of this celebration of all things ink and paper. The day will feature films on the super screen, a zine making area, printmaking and comics workshops, vintage typewriter exhibition, storytelling area for kids, and Ships in the Night speakers and music performances.

Stall spaces are free, however space is limited so applications must be made in advance. Please keep in mind that the majority of your products should be related to ink and paper somehow.

When: Saturday 18 April 2015, 12 – 5pm
Where: Northbridge Piazza, cnr James and Lake Streets

Stall details
• Full space (one trestle table with two chairs)
• Half space (shared trestle table with another stall holder, with one chair each)
All stalls will be undercover on the Piazza lawn.

Apply for a space here: http://goo.gl/forms/TuvlvKFHZL

Applications for stalls are due 4pm Friday 27 March 2015. 

All successful stallholders will be notified by Tuesday 31 March 2015.

Wednesday, March 4

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award applications open

Australia’s richest and most prestigious print award returns in 2015 with a national judging panel and $22,000 in prize money. The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award is Australia’s premier showcase of prints and artists’ books. Now in its 40th anniversary year, the Award and exhibition continue to present the best works from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists.

First Prize $16,000. Work acquired for the City of Fremantle Art Collection, WA’s largest municipal collection. 
Second Prize $6,000.

Enter now
Applications now open – click here to begin your application.
Entries close 5pm, 22 May, 2015.
Call 9432 9555 for more information. 

Exhibition opening Fri 25 Sept, 6:30pm | Exhibition runs Sat 26 Sept – Sun 15 Nov

Tuesday, March 3

Stretch Arts Festival Art Markets

An opportunity exists for designers, craftspeople, and gourmets to exhibit and sell their products during the Stretch Arts Festival in Festival Square, presented by Act-Belong-Commit.

Date: Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May 2015
Where: Festival Square, Ormsby Tce, Mandurah (near the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and Reading Cinemas)
Event Duration: 10.00am - 4.00pm, setup will be allocated between 7.30am - 9.30am
Site: 3m x 3m space
Cost:  $90 1 day
         $150 both days
         $135 both days, if you are a resident within the ‘6210’ area

Important Details:
• There are 15 sites available only, so get your application forms in.
• Stallholders must exhibit for the full day.
• Products must be handmade by the stallholder.
• Stallholders who value-add to a product must provide significant creative input into the final product.
• If you wish to share a stall each applicant must complete an application form.
• You are required to provide your own marquee/shade.
• You are required to have your own public liability insurance and provide evidence.

Completed application form to be returned by Friday, 13 March 2015.
If you would like further information or to submit your application form email Heather-Jayne Battye at harperandmonroe@gmail.com

Enid Twiglet's Embroidery Academy

Would you like to learn embroidery from one of our stallholders? 
Learn the art of hand embroidered illustration with Enid Twiglet at the upcoming Thread Illustration Workshop. A perfect workshop for those with no previous experience with embroidery. You will learn a number of different illustration techniques using thread to create a unique piece of illustrative hoop art. Each person will receive their own embroidery kit including an embroidery hoop, fabric, needles and thread.

When: Sat 18 April 12pm - 4pm, 
Where: at BiBi, 70 High Street Fremantle
Price: $85
Bookings essential: hello@enidtwiglet.com

Monday, March 2

Beaufort Street art market

Beaufort Street Art Market is held from 9am - 1pm on the first Sunday of each month in the Barlee Street Carpark (corner of Barlee and Beaufort Streets, Mount Lawley). All work for sale must be West Australian designed and made products only.

You can apply for 2 sections -
Artisan stall: a 3m x 3m space. Stall holders are to provide their own marquee (white or navy only), tables and chairs if required.
The suitcase gallery: for artists and designers to fill their suitcases to the brim with arty wares and display for sale in the mini scaled suitcase stall zone. Two suitcases per spot are allowed and you are permitted to hang up to 5 paintings on the fence.

Find the application form on the Beaufort St Network website. For further information or questions, email the Beaufort Street Network – artmarket@beaufortstreet.com.au

Friday, February 27

BYO Craft Meet Up

Craft Bound is hosting a social craft group meet up on Sunday, 1st March, 2015, 10.00am to 12.30pm.
BYO new or unfinished craft projects, make new crafty friends and share ideas. The cost is $7 (18+ adults only meet up). Please make a booking via www.craftbound.com.au

Date: Sunday, 1st March, 2015
Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm
Venue: North Perth Lesser Hall, 24 View Street, North Perth.

Wednesday, February 25

Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books Exhibition 2015

On the Shelf (detail) by Thurle Wright
Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books Exhibition 2015 is an exhibition of the work of 53 leading and emerging International and Australian artists. Gallery East present artists’ books from Australia, Europe, UK, Zimbabwe, USA and Asia. Printmakers, photographers, wordsmiths, textile artists, painters, sculptors and digital artists employ both traditional and contemporary art practices to create personal and universal takes on this most fascinating of art forms.

Opening 6pm Friday 6th March, 2015. RSVP to

Exhibition details
9 March – 2 April
12 Aberdeen St, Perth WA 

Peel, Fondle, Ogle exhibition

A new exhibition of works at Edith Cowan University’s Spectrum Project Space is investigating the transformative nature of the physical body.

Kimberley Pace’s exhibition, Peel, Fondle, Ogle is part of her Master of Arts by Research studies at ECU and incorporates multiple components including garment, video, sound, sculpture and performance.

The exhibition aims to explore the in-between condition of the body, where the internal body finishes and the external begins. It also investigates the in-between spaces, such as the orifices of the body, as spaces which simultaneously entice and repel us.

“Often the sites of the body that we consider desirable and erotic are also sites of repulsion and disgust,” Ms Pace said.

Ms Pace said while making this work visitors to her studio would be compelled to squeeze, fondle, caress, poke and stroke the developing garments while telling her they felt repelled or uncomfortable doing so.

“This interaction demonstrated for me how exchangeable desire and repulsion on the body is,” she said.

Opening night will include a performance where three models will wear and interact with the works in the exhibition.

Event details
Tuesday, 24 February until Friday, 6 March 2015 
Spectrum Project Space, Building 3, Room 3.191, ECU, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 12pm to 5pm    

Opening event and live performance
Friday, 27 February 2015 
6.00pm – 8.00pm.

Artist Talk
Thursday, 5 March 2015 

Lomomatrix - Film photography day

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Time to get out your cameras, film rolls and creative spirits to celebrate Film Photography Day on Friday 13th April, 2013!

Lomography is a worldwide community sharing the passion for analogue photography. Saturday 13th April is Film Photography Day - celebrate with this LomoMatrix* event!

Perth Meet Up Details:

Location: Hyde Park, Vincent Street - by the water playground.
Date: Saturday 13 April
Time: 11am - 1pm
Bring your cameras (35mm is best for LomoMatrix), and we will supply the film… Don't forget your funny hats, party balloons, streamers, inflatable friends, cosplay outfits and water pistols.

*LomoMatrix - Gather a bunch of Lomographers together, create a massive circle and let them shoot a picture right at the same time of somebody who makes a cool move in the middle. The outcome? A 360 degrees ‘Matrix’ – Lomography style.

Click here to register your attendance so they know how much film to bring. RSVP essential! Limited places.